If you are socially isolated, you are more vulnerable to stereotypes and myths; you won’t have the opportunity to have conversations with someone who has a different social background than you.
I was very careful never to take an interesting job. If you have an interesting job, you get interested in it.
There were times over the years when life was not easy, but if you’re working a few hours a day and you’ve got a good book to read, and you can go outside to the beach and dig for clams, you’re okay.
Many people believe that determining who is ‘black’ is rather easy, a task simplified by the administration of the one-drop rule. Under the one-drop rule, any discernible African ancestry stamps a person as ‘black.’
I think one thing is that prayer has become more useful, interesting, fruitful, and… almost involuntary in my life.
I’d rather write about polar bears than people.
Apparently, I’ve been considered a recluse.
I like books that are fat and full.
To find a new word that is accurate and different, you have to be alert for it.
Instead of taking the reader by the hand and running him down the hill, I want to lead him into a house of many rooms, and leave him alone in each of them.